Writing for AUSTRALIAN OVER 50s LIVING & LIFESTYLE GUIDE

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Hey everyone!

It’s been a little bit since I last posted. I’ve been super busy with my newest job. For the last almost six months I’ve been writing for the Australian Over 50s Living & Lifestyle Guide – and for the last almost three months I’ve also been the Assistant to the Editor and Assistant to the Publisher.

Not only is it an entertaining read, but is very informative. You can find copies of the guidebook for FREE in a large range of pharmacies, doctors offices, and other businesses.

Check out the links below and give us a read.

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WEBSITE (free flip-able e-book and assorted extra articles available here!)

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Bear Designs – Hand-Made Items

*Please note – I am not getting paid for any of these ‘reviews’. They are merely articles to share the love and support small Australian hand-made businesses/hobbies.*

One thing that I have found while researching these Australian Hand-Made Businesses, is that their contribution to society is much more personal. Unlike big businesses that are only out to make a profit, these businesses focus on pleasing others. Here is one such independent business.

Bear Designs

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Who doesn’t like dressing up? I don’t know a kid that doesn’t. But with so many superheroes and characters, it can be difficult to keep up with the cost of buying costume after costume. This is where Bear Designs comes in.

Bear Designs was created by Nadine Bear, and stocks capes with a virtually-endless array of designs. Her product size range includes 1/2 years, 3/4 years, 5/6 years, and custom orders are welcome. Products can also include capes for teddies, and props for photography sessions.

Prices are very affordable, and the capes can easily be tucked away for further use.

I spoke with Nadine to hear how she came up with this brilliant idea.

“I came up with the idea as my son loved dress up and I could never find good quality capes with his favourite theme; so I decided to give it a go myself. I hadn’t sewn in years, and was surprised how much I loved making them.” Nadine told me.

“I first started making capes for my kids, and then friends, which then extended into people requesting all types of super capes. I decided to start up a Facebook page (found HERE) and see how it went.”

When talking about her products, Nadine said: “I do a variety of patterns/favourite characters/themes and custom orders. Basically it depends what people are looking for and their child’s favourite theme.”

Not only does she do individual sales, but also collections, for kid’s birthday parties.

As I said before, independent businesses have a closer link with their communities and and Bear Designs is no different.

“I was recently involved in a massive charity event, which I called ‘Capes for Cancer’. It was for a little boy in my son’s pre-primary class.”

“This is the reversible cape I designed with ‘C’ for childhood cancer on yellow being the gold representation and the other side being the super hero fabric. I made 70 capes for all the kids, and 15 for the teachers. It was a massive event/quiz night, to raise awareness for childhood cancer, and I managed to raise over $7000. All the kids looked amazing in their capes. Shawn Redhage from Perth Wildcats also came out on the day and chatted to the kids.”

Nadine’s final words echo those of other independent Australian Hand-Made businesses: “As I’m still a new business with a young family, I haven’t yet ventured out to the market arena, but I’m hoping to as my business grows.”

 

Grace of Monaco (2014) – Review

As seen on CinemaParadiso.

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Yes I am Australian, but no, I’m not much of a fan of Nicole Kidman. Unlike what some may believe, it is not a requirement of citizenship. The film has definitely had a rough go by the critics, and despite the locations and costumes being beautiful, the film as a whole just isn’t up to the standards set by others.

Grace of Monaco is obviously a story about Grace Kelly – a former Hollywood star. She is constantly surrounded by adoring fans, protective guards, wanting producers, and desperate photographers. She is married to Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth), and becomes what many little girls dream of being. However, there are issues with France’s Charles De Gaulle and a looming French invasion, the royal’s marriage is struggling, and Kelly desires a return to Hollywood.

There are aspects of this film that were done well. You do feel like you are back in the glamorous days of Hollywood, with flowing gowns, men in suits with slicked hair, and big personalities. The costumes were true to the time and the props made you feel nostalgic – even though I wasn’t born for another 30 years.

The locations and sweeping landscape shots were perfect, and echoed the magnificence of the lives of most Hollywood starlets.

Now, about the acting. Not all of the performances were spot-on. As I said before, I’m not much of a fan of Nicole Kidman, but she wasn’t ‘too’ bad. It’s a very difficult job to play a real person, and even more so when the person was loved so much. Most people have also probably heard of a lot of the cast, and they have shown they have acting chops.

The part of the film that lets the rest of it down is the issue of authenticity. Though, Kidman has said that the film is neither a documentary nor a biopic, and is instead more about Grace Kelly’s “vulnerability and humanity”. Grace Kelly’s children have also been very vocal about their dislike for the film, requesting changes and condemning it for its over-dramatics and lack of facts. There have also been fights between the French parties and the American parties over what to include, which does not make the finished product sound very promising.

The film has received very negative reviews – mostly online. As an aspiring film-writer, I shudder to think that the months (if not longer) that everyone spent on this, comes down to such bad words. For the most part, however, the critics seem to just be overly protective of Kelly, and so they might be more inclined to find fault.

These kinds of films are not particularly my favourite, but this one was not completely unlikable. I don’t know exactly where the film deviated from the factual events, but you will never get something like this that is perfect. Overall, not a bad movie, and I think it might be more well-received by the general audience than by the vocal critics.

3 out of 5 stars

12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge

Today I’ll be continuing the 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge by ScaleSimple.

You can find Day 1 HERE, and Day 2 HERE, Day 3 HERE, Day 4 HERE, Day 5, HERE, and Day 6 HERE.

DAY 7. A photo day, share some Christmas pictures past or present

Wow who knew posting a picture would be so hard for me?

Here are a couple of snaps from this year.
The first one is our Christmas tree. Mum and I decorated it together, and, as you can see, it’s got a fan in front of it because our air conditioner broke and it was incredibly hot!
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And here is the group photo of me with some other volunteers from a school and church Christmas Carols evening the other day.
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(Please excuse my fat face, I was eating a chocolate cupcake!)

Feel like sharing some of your Christmas photos? Share them below, or start your own 12 Days of Christmas Blogging Challenge.

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Picture by ScaleSimple

I nominate: All my new followers on Instagram!

Bindi

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Photo found on Bindi’s Instagram

We met her as the adorable little girl dressed in khaki, smiling broadly with her father and talking about animals.

Nowadays Bindi Irwin is a world-wide known name. She has grown to be a beautiful young woman, and is constantly surprising us with everything she can do.

This year she was part of American’s Dancing with the Stars. Not only did she make Australia proud, not only did she get numerous perfect scores, but she also won the entire season.

I’m not someone who cares a lot about national pride, but it does make me feel proud to see a young Australian female taking on the world stage. Despite all the sadness in her life (the most obvious one the death of her father Steve Irwin), she has persevered. Mother Terri Irwin has raised both Bindi and her little brother Robert to be intelligent and caring people. I can’t wait to see what Robert gets up to.

What do you think of Bindi? Leave a comment below.